Haunted Chemistry by Lindsey R. Loucks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Haunted Chemistry by Lindsey R. Loucks is a freaky and sexy novella that will make you paranoid to do laundry and will have you stocking up on salt. In typical Loucks style, there's a nice mixture of weird supernatural happenings and tense love story.
The story centers on college student Alexis, who moves into a new apartment. Lo and behold, her next door neighbor is none other than Ian, her cute-as-heck lab partner who stood her up and never came back. Now that they're sharing the same building, the two of them find that their original "chemistry" is still very much alive. The thing they discover in the basement laundry room, however, is very much NOT.
I love the way the haunting was described. It's not your usual bump in the night tale. The characters' emotions and visceral reactions felt very real as they struggled with trying to figure out what was haunting them while their attraction steamed up the pages.
Like many novellas and short stories, though, it's difficult to pull off an entire plot and neatly tie it all up in the end without leaving bits of critical information out. That's what I missed here. The climax and reveal of who and what the haunting was all about needed expansion. Twenty, maybe thirty more pages could have done that and left me more satisfied when I reached the end.
All in all, "Haunted Chemistry" is a good quick read, coming in at at little over 100 Kindle pages. As opposed to Ms. Loucks's first YA book, "The Grave Winner", this one is decidedly new adult, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 17/18. Grab your own copy and give it a try!
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